Pediatric Patients with Spondylolysis Have High Rates of Vitamin-D Deficiency


The objective of this study was to document the 25-hydroxyvitamin D status of patients with a confirmed diagnosis of spondylolysis to determine if these patients have increased rates of vitamin D deficiency. After confirming the diagnosis of spondylolysis, patients were prospectively enrolled in this study. A total of 39 patients (30 male, 9 female) with a mean age of 14.9 years and a mean BMI of 22.9 had vitamin D levels drawn after imaging confirmed the diagnosis of spondylolysis. The mean 25-hydroxyvitamin D level was 26 ng/ml. Only 9 patients (23.1%) were considered to have normal vitamin D levels > 32 ng/ml. An additional 22 patients (56.4%) had insufficient values of 20 to 32 ng/ml, and 8 patients (20.5%) had vitamin D deficiency with values <20 ng/ml. Pediatric patients presenting with spondylolysis, regardless of race or age, have high rates of 25-hydroxyvitamin D deficiency. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 28(4):257-259, 2019) Key words: spondylolysis, vitamin D, deficiency, screening

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Marielle A. Amoli, MD; Jeffrey R. Sawyer, MD; R. Tyler Ellis, MD; James Seymour, DO; David D. Spence, MD; Derek M. Kelly, MD; and William C. Warner, MD